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October 22, 2021 |0 min read

How to Make Homemade Cat Treats

Written by

Sharilyn Vera

Welcome to Chef PrettyKitty’s PrettyKitchen brought to you by PrettyLitter! Wow, what a mouthful… and a mouthful is just what we’re filling today with these super duper tasty kitty treats Chef PrettyKitty has whipped up for us. Do you want to give your favorite kitty a homemade cat birthday cake or DIY cat treats? 

Today we’re going to show you how to make your favorite, four-legged, furry friend some yummy homemade snacks they’ll totally enjoy! 

Chef PrettyKitty has prepared a couple very easy to follow recipes for your favorite feline to chow down on… do they enjoy tuna, salmon, beef, or chicken? Chef PrettyKitty has you covered for whichever yummy snack your furry friend fancies! Plus, we’ve also made sure to skip any toxic foods for cats.

So, grab your food processor, some baking sheets and crack an egg because we’re about to get cracking on these recipes!

Totally Tasty Tuna Tots

These tiny tuna tots will have your furry friend fishing for more after their first bite!

Yield: about 90 tiny tuna tots

Total time: 25 min 

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 oz.) can of tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon of dried catnip

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until a soft, dough forms.
  3. Using a spoon, shape the dough into small cylinders. Place them on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, bake the Totally Tasty Tuna Tots for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool completely. 

Now your favorite feline can feast on their new favorite homemade tuna cat treats!

Store the rest in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Otherwise, freeze them.

Crunchy Salmon Snacks

Crunch, crunch, munch, munch… ahhhh, that’s the sound of your little munchkin munching on a bunch of these crunchy salmon snacks!

Yield: about 100 crunchy salmon snacks

Total Time: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 oz.) can of salmon, drained
  • 1 tablespoon of dried catnip
  • 1 tablespoon of extra light olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water (add more if you want stickier dough)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F 
  2. Combine and mix all of the ingredients in a food processor. The mix should come out a little bit more powdery than normal dough. 
  3. Roll pieces of the dough into small oval-like balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place them into your oven once it reaches 350 degrees. Bake them for 12-15 minutes until they’re a crispy, golden brown. It’s okay if they get overcooked a bit, as you’ll want them to be super crunchy. Allow them to cool completely.

Now it’s time for your furry friend to munch down on these crunchy snacks!

Remember to store them in an air-tight container for up to 5 days, otherwise, freeze them.

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Chicken Bites for the Soul 

Your furry friend will love to bite into these absolutely yummy chicken bites!

Yield: 100 bite-sized treats

Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of cooked chicken breast, shredded 
  • 1 tablespoon of margarine
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup of cornmeal (dry)
  • ½ cup of chicken stock

Directions

  1. Start by cooking the chicken breast. Trim any fat/skin and place the breast into a pot and fill it with cold water. Bring it to a boil and lower the temperature to medium-high. Allow it to cook until it’s fork-tender. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the chicken to cool to a warm temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F 
  3. Take the chicken out of the pot but save the water you cooked it in! That’s the chicken stock. Shred the chicken (any method you desire). 
  4. Mix the shredded chicken, chicken stock, and margarine (soft) together. No need for a mixer, you can use a fork for this. Then mix the flour and cornmeal in a separate bowl.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. You can do it all at once or in batches. The slower you do it, the less likely the dough will be dry. 
  6. Once the dough is formed, lightly sprinkle flour onto a surface and knead the dough. Roll it to about ¼ in. thick. Using a cookie cutter (or knife), cut out any shapes you wish to create for your kitten. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and then place the baking tray into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes and allow them to cool when ready.

Now you can let your kitty sink their teeth into these delish chicken bites!

Store these in an air-tight container and refrigerate for 5 days, otherwise, feel free to freeze them.

Mama Catalina’s Meow Meow Meatballs

This one was Mama Catalina’s favorite when she passed it down to Chef PrettyKitty’s human. Your furry friend is in for such a tasty treat!

Yield: 12 (1 in.) meow meow meatballs

Total time: 20 min.

Ingredients 

  • ¼ of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • ½ cup of wheat germ
  • ½ cup of dry or powdered milk

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together, then incorporate the honey and ground beef into the mix until they’re combined well.
  3. Take a spoonful of the mix and begin rolling them into 1 in. balls. Place the balls onto a greased cookie sheet (a silicone sheet also works). Allow cooking for 10-15 minutes. Check frequently because they tend to cook fast. Allow to cool completely and serve.
  4. Mmmmmmm, now your kitten is ready for a mouthful* of Mama Catalina’s Meow Meow Meatballs! 
  5. *Break balls apart for smaller kitten mouths
  6. Store the leftovers in an airtight container for 5 days, otherwise, put them in the freezer for a future date.

Dear reader,

I just wanted to thank you personally for taking time out of your busy day to try out these delicious feline family recipes. These scrumptious snacks are some of my all-time favorites that my human’s grandmother, Mama Catalina, passed down many, many Meow Meow Meatballs ago. They’re super easy to make and even easier to eat! I truly hope your furball loves them as much as I do. Until next time!

 

Meowww, 

 

Chef PrettyKitty

 

Written by

Sharilyn Vera

Sharilyn is a proud cat owner, long time storyteller and researcher. Her work spans beloved podcasts, television shows, media outlets, and independent documentaries. She likes to strike a balance between education and comedy, which you can hopefully tell when you read her articles!

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